JYoung The General Moves From Education to Entertainment
LANSING/DETROIT—Two months after releasing a free project with G-Unit producer Nick Speed to chronicle black history, JYoung The General is showcasing other weapons in his repertoire. The Michigan lyricist’s new EP, Jahshua 1:6, combines the lyricism of Black History Year: Installment One with radio and club-ready tunes, personal reflection, and thought-provoking concepts.
“I’m proud of Black History Year, because it gives me a chance to educate with my music. But I don’t want listeners to pigeonhole me as a ‘conscious’ artist,” JYoung explains. “I’ve got a lot more to offer musically, and Jahshua 1:6 should give my fans and colleagues a better idea of that.”
JYoung began his career by supplying legendary Harlem, NY rap crew The Diplomats as an affiliate of The Dramasetters production group. After the group disbanded, he would transfer his focus to the microphone and the business side. Subsequent years would see him perform dozens of shows in Lansing, Mich. and venues around the Midwest, and co-host the monthly Lansing rap show Mic Club before jumpstarting his BLAT! Pack crew’s own monthly show, RE: Definition. Since the Nick Speed-produced Black History Year: Installment One was released online March 8 2010, it has garnered coverage on the likes of 2DopeBoyz, The Smoking Section and other sites, along with getting JYoung a consistent stream of shows around the state. All of this time, he was crafting Jahshua 1:6—a collection of six songs, titled after a Bible verse that serves as a metaphor for JYoung’s goal to help hip-hop fulfill its destiny and restore its historical pride.
Street single “Black Nationalists,” which has netted over 4,500 plays on top web site HipHopDX, sees him and fellow BLAT! Pack member P2DaHI (formerly known as .P.H.I.L.T.H.Y.) showcasing the awareness and chemistry they did on BHY. But the booming StewRAT-produced “She Likes Me” shows another side of JYoung as he slick talks a woman at the club. “Feel Dat Way” chronicles his Detroit upbringing with his family, and conceptual standout “Streetrunner” features verses that personify a rat, a shoe, and crime—three things that do exactly what the song’s title implies.
April 27—Detroit, Mich.—Jahshua 1:6 Release Party w/P2DaHI (a.k.a. P.H.I.L.T.H.Y.) and Yellokake//5 Elements Gallery (2125 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI)//$5 Donation
April 29—Lansing, Mich.—Jahshua 1:6 Release Party w/Ro Spit, P2DaHI (a.k.a. P.H.I.L.T.H.Y.), Phresh Heir, Othello, Yellokake, Mizz Diva, The Amature and Phresh Heir//The Loft (414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI)//$7 for 21+, $9 for 18+
May 5—Lansing, Mich.//RE: Definition w/OneBeLo, Sacramento Knoxx, Clear Soul Forces, Jaydun, Lyriclee, Omega The Majestik//Mac’s Bar (2700 Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI)//$5 for 21+, $7 for 18+
May 7—Kalamazoo, Mich.//Tactics aka YUNG Tact, MNSTRESS, Red Pill and Combatt Corduroy//The Strutt Café and Bar (773 West Michigan, Kalamazoo, MI 49007)//$5 for men 21+, women 21+ free, $10 18+)
May 13—Redford, Mich.//DetroitRap.com Mic Club “All BLAT! Everything” w/The BLAT! Pack (JYoung The General, P2DaHI (a.k.a. P.H.I.L.T.H.Y.), Red Pill, CapitalSS, The Amature, Yellokake, FowL)//The Bullfrog Bar & Grill (15414 Telegraph Rd, Redford, MI)//$5 for 21+
May 21-22—Grand Rapids, Mich.—Grand Rapids Hip-Hop Weekend (Details To be Announced)
May 22—Lansing, Mich.—LansingHipHop.com Release Party (Details To Be Announced)
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